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Mr. Alien

About Me:

SouthAmerican Immigrant who works in energy and also hacks for fun who wins hackathons using blockchain, judges new tech and publishes white papers. Also raises funds for STEM scholarships thru NGOs, volunteers as teacher in some pay-it-forward programs by sharing about engineering and blockchain, and sings on Sundays at a local church as a Tenor.


Undergrad School: ESPOL

Undergrad Major: Petroleum

GPA: 3.83

GMAT: 700

Age: 33,  Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino

Other Degree/Certification: Master of Science

School Name: Texas A&M

Extracurriculars: Fundraiser for STEM scholarships, Volunteer teacher of blockchain, Tenor Singer

Work History:

Title: Consultant

Industry: Energy

Company: Boutique Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Title: Research Engineer

Industry: Energy

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

+Received Commendable Service Award by US Department of State
+Won Hackathons using blockchain by being totally out of my comfort zone
+Received the Exemplary Volunteer Award by an international NGO
+Soccer Finals MVP in last college game
+Testified before Energy Commissions of Texas, North Dakota, and worked on the deepest Gas well in Lousiana

Post MBA Goal:

Lead multi-cultural, multi-technical teams that exceed expectations in the energy and blockchain field, and such efforts are either making the top of newspapers or improving the lives of its communities.


Target School: Columbia

Status: Open

Considering: Rice Jones, Berkeley Haas, Duke Fuqua, McCombs School of Business

Invited to Interview: Rice Jones


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 24%

  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru | Odds Assessment: 25%

    So, you’re 33 years old now (and 35-36 at graduation) and have six years of work experience. You could be EMBA material. The EMBA case is made stronger by the fact you do not want to change industries. First, you should actually consider an EMBA since it works for you and is cheaper, blah. blah. Second, if you still want an MBA, you need to explain in application why you DO NOT WANT an EMBA. Are you a US Citizen? If so, that could help because it would mean (I assume) you are an Hispanic Surname applicant, which means an underrepresented minority (URM) in the US. Columbia might go for this because it looks like you will be easily employed after MBA (something that is …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi Mr. Alien! This is Talon Rindels, Sr. Admissions Consultant at The MBA Exchange. I think you’re a candidate that Columbia will be willing to take a bet on… especially if you are talking about going for the EMBA program! And the only reason that i say they’d be “taking a bet” is due to your GMAT score. While you are within their middle 80%, its well below their average. If you could get that up to 720-730, I may place your odds at nearly 50% due to all of the impressive accomplishments and involvement you referenced (it’s quite the list and ALL very impressive!). You’re an athlete, a musician (singer), you give back to the community through your …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hello Mr. Alien! Krista Nannery here from mbaMission. I’ve worked with a lot of energy candidates and I generally find that they do really well in this competitive process. Add in South America, blockchain, and this interesting award from the US Department of State and you become even more interesting! I’ve put 20% down though because of your age and also that 700 — and I’m specifically referring to CBS. Jones and McCombs will be much easier for you — they’ll like the diversity you bring to the program and the energy expertise and may be more willing to look beyond your age. Fuqua might respond well as well.

    My advice would be to get that GMAT up to 730+ to give yourself the …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Mr. Alien – Susan Cera, Director of MBA Admissions, here. There is a TON to like about your profile. Based on the information you have shared it seems that you have a very unique and compelling narrative. The one weakness I see is your softer GMAT score.
    I like the list of schools you have beyond CBS since most of them have great strength in the energy space (which I don’t believe CBS really has). Be sure to connect with students from the Energy Clubs at the different schools to understand what resources are available for you to tap as well as to get a better understanding of you you can contribute to the program. I suspect you probably have a 50+% shot at Duke, McCombs …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi, this is Melisa from Status Admissions. Congrats on your interview invite from Rice! You have lots of strength in your candidacy and based on the interview invite – I am guessing you are applying this year to programs. As you are assessing any offers that come through, I would encourage you to consider a part time or EMBA. I worked with a client who started wanting a full time program and after talking with schools and sitting in on classes, chose to apply (successfully) to top EMBA programs. Reasons he (and others) have made the change to EMBA programs were that he found the students in the EMBA classes better matched his experience level. Based on your years of experience in work and your …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 53%

  • 40% | 5 months ago

    Your background and accomplishments are all in-line with your career goals; however your career goals listed are also very general and need to be much more specific. Your GMAT is another thing you should consider increasing to make yourself more competitive.
  • 75% | 5 months ago

    Very interesting blockchain background which is a very good fit for Columbia's new dean who comes from analytics! Also good GPA is useful + South American immigrant aspect adds to class diversity.
  • 45% | 5 months ago

    Energy sector is less represented in business school; excellent extracurricular activities. Excellent fit for other options. Higher GMAT or applying ED to Columbia will help odds.

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